I am thrilled to share this activity pack with you! If you’ve been reading The Heart Who Wanted to Be Whole with children in your life, my prayer is that it cultivates good conversations for you and leads to a comfortable vocabulary around spiritual warfare.
I’ve gotten lots of messages from readers asking how to address the questions children ask around this topic.
Here are my go-to suggestions:
- Pray. The Holy Spirit is our counselor and will guide us to understanding. Even if it’s a silent one sentence “Help me, Lord,” acknowledge to yourself and Him that you need supernatural wisdom.
- Admit when it’s your question, too. It’s so powerful for kids to grow up understanding that adults don’t know all the answers. We have questions, too. Share when you last remember wrestling with that same question and what you believe is true.
- Look for answers. Show them how you search for truth in the Bible. Show them how and where you go to study. It will set a great example for them when they go looking for answers without you one day.
- Keep your answer short. Don’t ramble. If kids think their questions will result in a sermon, they will stop asking. Keep your answer succinct and try to end your comments with another question, to keep the conversation going and two-sided.
- “Phone a friend.” Tell them who you trust with your questions. It’s healthy for them to know that at all ages, we need good sounding boards and trusted guides on our spiritual journeys.
- Write them down. Remember to circle back to it later. It will send a powerful message to them to know their question is worth remembering.
- Pray with them. Model for them what it looks like to go to Jesus with our questions and wait on Him to give us peace, wisdom, comfort, understanding, or whatever it is we are asking of Him.
A healthy relationship is curious about one another. Ask questions of your child and their inner life. Listen well and make the space safe for them to share their fears or doubts. The reward will be a defeated enemy and an emotionally and spiritually healthy household.